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Afropop Worldwide

World Music Productions

In 1988, interest in international pop was at an all-time high and Afropop was launched by NPR as a weekly series. It was the first of its kind and, years later, the program has expanded its vision to include the music and cultures that encompass the entire African Diaspora. Now known as Afropop Worldwide (APWW), the program is still the standard for both the curious and the connoisseur.

Hosted by one of Africa's best-loved broadcast personalities, Georges Collinet, and produced by Sean Barlow for World Music Productions, Afropop Worldwide is currently distributed by PRI Public Radio International to over 100 stations in the U.S. The series is also heard in Europe and Africa .

The collection also includes live performances

Visit afropop.org for more information.


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Umm Kulthum Podcast for Afropop Worldwide
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Afropop listeners know the signature voices of Africa's Salif Keita, Baaba Maal, Khaled, and others. Today we'll tune up our ears to some of the continent's great drumming voices--fuji and juju in Nigeria, sabar in Senegal--and to the travels of the drum to the Americas--samba in Brazil, rumba in Cuba, salsa in Puerto Rico and more. This show takes us into the polyrhythmic, multiple voices of live performances and into the homes of some of the world's greatest percussionists.
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Afropop makes the pilgrimage to visit Grammy Award winner Ali Farka Toure in his beloved hometown of Niafunke on the banks of the Niger River in northern Mali. In this sublime set, Ali plays acoustic with musical mates on the njarka (one string violin), and the gurkel (two string instrument w/metal piece for buzz) and calabash (gourd used for percussion). Ali talks about what family and his community in Niafunke mean to him.
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A burst of musical creativity happens every year for carnival. What are the stories behind the carnival hits this year? We go to the streets of Port of Spain, Port-au-Prince to hear the songs that swept carnival revelers off their feet. It's not only the beat that seduces the nation. It's clever story-telling that pokes fun at the powers that be and at human foibles.
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Salsa dura from New York, frevo from northeastern Brazil, chimurenga from Zimbabwe, Afrobeat from around the world, and more. These are styles that feature the punch and emotion that only a prominent horn section can deliver. We'll hear the Gangbe Brass Band, the Spanish Harlem Orchestra live in New York, classic Congo music from el maestro Franco, Brooklyn's own Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra and others.
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Viewed through the lens of music, the Congo presents a stark contrast. From the ravages of the slaving Portuguese, to King Leopold's virtual slave state in the late 19th century, through the monumental corruption and ruthless oppression of the regime of Mobutu Sese Seko that ended in 1997, this African heartland has known a history of unrelieved brutality and sadness. And yet, its cities have produced some of the most innovative and ebullient popular music the continent has known in the past...
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Step into the classical rhythms and the history of Tango. Travel with Ned Sublette and our host Georges Collinet on a quest for the true meaning of Tango on Afropop Worldwide!
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In the latest of our ongoing vignettes series, we dig into the Afropop Worldwide archives for some choice, compelling moments from our programs profiling music scenes in Peru, Equador, Brazil and Venezuela.
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The World Sacred Music festival in Fes, Morocco fully delivers on its promise of bringing together profound, spiritual music from around the globe. In one edition of the Festival, Youssou N\'Dour debuted his Egypt project, backed by an orchestra from Cairo; whirling dervishes from Turkey and qawwali singers Meher Ali and Sheher Ali from Pakistan revealed contrasting faces of Sufi music and dance; the Orchestra of Fes showcased Andalusian and Jewish traditions and the art of Arab maqam; and Sufi...
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Urban traditional bands from the ethnic neighborhoods of sprawling Kinshasa have emerged as a surprise world music hit around the world. Overlooked and marginalized in the complex world of Congolese pop music, groups like Konono No 1 and Kisanzi Congo are reaching the world thanks to the concerted efforts of Belgian musician and producer Vincent Kenis, the man behind the Congotronics phenomenon. This urban roots music goes back to the heady days of President Mobutu's "authenticity"...
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A sobering look at what's gone and what remains in America's traumatized great city of music, New Orleans. In the latest in our Hip Deep series, we'll talk with scholars, including Helen Regis of Louisiana State University, and with members of the venerable organizations known as Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs about the past and future of the Afro-parading tradition known as the second line. We'll get a street-level report on how the Mardi Gras Indians represented at the first post-Katrina Mardi...
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This is our annual heads-up about outstanding artists touring in the U.S. for the summer season. The roster includes Congolese rumba maestros, Kekele, the idiosyncratic Lagbaja from Nigeria, Refugee All Stars, and Haitian diva Emeline Michel.
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Many fans in America first got hooked on Afropop through the landmark 1982-83 tour by Nigeria's King Sunny Ade and his African Beats: the propulsive polyrhythms of traditional drums mixed with sophisticated guitar arrangements and pedal steel. Topped by graceful choreography and the beaming presence of the "Chairman" himself. Totally intoxicating. In this program, we travel to Lagos to talk to people there who help us fill in the picture of King Sunny Ade's earlier career in the 1960s...
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Guinea\'s legendary dance band Bembeya Jazz are pillar of modern West African history. Begun in 1961 in the flush of Guinea\'s independence and Sekou Toure\'s maverick presidency, the band still plays today under the inspired leadership of guitar giant Sekou \"Bembeya\" Diabate. This program delves into Bembeya history with a focus on the band\'s 60s and 70s heyday, right up to new solo work by Sekou Diabate, due for release in 2004.
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This program vividly evokes the Arab conquest of much of North Africa between the 7th and 11th century. The story begins in the early days of Islam when Romans and Berbers held sway in the region. The initial Arab forays were relatively superficial, but lasting transformation came with the sweep of the Bani Hilal clan starting in the 10th century. Of course, we cannot know what music sounded like so long ago, but music helps evoke these dramatic times. Many modern Arabic musical pieces preserve...
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Cuba Vignettes
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The guitar is at the center of so many Afropop styles we love. And it's still going strong even in the age of hip hop. In this program we'll hear from some well known guitar heroes--Djelimady Tounkara from Mali and Jaojoby from Madagascar, and others--as well as some less well known artists such as Louis Mlanga from South Africa.
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Umm Kulthum: The Voice of Egypt Podcast for Afropop Worldwide
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This program vividly evokes the Arab conquest of much of North Africa between the 7th and 11th century. The story begins in the early days of Islam when Romans and Berbers held sway in the region. The initial Arab forays were relatively superficial, but lasting transformation came with the sweep of the Bani Hilal clan starting in the 10th century. Of course, we cannot know what music sounded like so long ago, but music helps evoke these dramatic times. Many modern Arabic musical pieces preserve...
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This program vividly evokes the Arab conquest of much of North Africa between the 7th and 11th century. The story begins in the early days of Islam when Romans and Berbers held sway in the region. The initial Arab forays were relatively superficial, but lasting transformation came with the sweep of the Bani Hilal clan starting in the 10th century. Of course, we cannot know what music sounded like so long ago, but music helps evoke these dramatic times. Many modern Arabic musical pieces preserve...
Topics: Arabization, North, Africa
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Cuba Sample
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"Selected discography": p. 247-249
Topic: Music
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Detailed interview with KSA backstage at SOB’s in New York City before his show there. Banning Eyre led this interview in preparation for writing a profile for the then-happening website Sonicnet.  
Topics: King Sunny Ade, Juju music, Nigerian music, Yoruba music
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More from Banning Eyre's May 1998 Mozambique trip. This is recordings provided by Rob Pannekoek of Nambu productions. Details on sleeve note image.
Topics: Mozambique music, Nambu Productions, marrabenta
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From Banning Eyre's field work in Bamako Mali, 1992-93 0:00:00 Afternoon with Djeneba Diakite and musicians in her compound in Bamako, Mali.   1:36:00 Live performance by “Wassoulou Trio” Kary Coulibaly: balafon Siaka Sidibe: kamelengoni Daouda Sidibe: karagnan   1:40:00  3 songs, by Wassoulou Trio  
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Topics: Djeneba Diakite, Wassoulou music, Mali
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Salsa dura from New York, frevo from northeastern Brazil, chimurenga from Zimbabwe, Afrobeat from around the world, and more. These are styles that feature the punch and emotion that only a prominent horn section can deliver. We'll hear the Gangbe Brass Band, the Spanish Harlem Orchestra live in New York, classic Congo music from el maestro Franco, Brooklyn's own Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra and others.
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Banning Eyre's interview and guitar demo with Malian guitar maestro and bandleader Zani Diabate (d. January, 2011). Recorded in Zani's home in Bamako, Mali, in 1992.   The session is followed by a recording of Zani's live gig that night in the town of Sebeninkoro, outside Bamako.  
Topics: Zani Diabate, wassoulou music, Malian guitar, guitar
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Salsa dura from New York, frevo from northeastern Brazil, chimurenga from Zimbabwe, Afrobeat from around the world, and more. These are styles that feature the punch and emotion that only a prominent horn section can deliver. We'll hear the Gangbe Brass Band, the Spanish Harlem Orchestra live in New York, classic Congo music from el maestro Franco, Brooklyn's own Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra and others.
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Dominican Republic bachata guitarist Edilio Paredes performs live with his group at El 27 Fevrero in Washington Heights, New York, on February 8, 2008. Then, Banning Eyre's interview with Edilio at his apartment the next day (February 9).  This interview, in Spanish with translation, includes Edilio demonstrating his skills on guitar. 
Topics: Edilio Parades, bachata, guitar
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Musical recordings from Banning Eyre's 1992-92:  MaliSen92_93_WestAfricaAcoustcOrgy   0—18:34  Baaba Maal, acoustic at home 1992 18:50—45:24  Yayi Kanoute, Solo, Djelimady, Adama, Cheikh Hamala 45:24-1:07:54  Ngoni demo with Adama and Cheikh Hamala 1:07:54  Toumani Diabate, “Sunjata” solo 1:28:26  Groupe de Sah  1:39:50 “Afropop song” 1:56:00 last song, he speaks to us in French
Topics: Yayi Kanoute, Toumani Diabate, Djelimady Tounkara, Baaba Maal, Groupe de Sah
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by Manuel, Peter, 1952-; Bilby, Kenneth M., 1953-; Largey, Michael D., 1959-
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Includes bibliographical references (p. ) and index
Topics: Music, Music
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Interview and session with members of Rumbanella Band in Kinshasa, Congo, 2002. Includes guitarist and singer  Madou Lebon Mulowayi performing songs by  John  Bosco Mwenda.
Topics: Rumbanella Band, Congo, rumba, guitar, John Bosco Mwenda, Madou Lebon Mulowayi
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More from Banning Eyre’s 2002 visit to Kinshasa, Congo. He went with Christian Mousset to cover the recording of classic Congolese music, principally the late Wendo Kolosoy. The first hour or so is studio ambiance with Wendo and his group. Unfortunately, the stretch from 1:05-1:13, recorded in the studio with Rumbanella Band, is distorted. The flaw was probably in the original recording, since it affects only this stretch of tape. 1:15-2:05 is an interview with Simaro, who was then leading...
Topics: Congo music, soukous, rumba, ndombolo, Wendo Kolosoy, Simaro, Bana OK, Wera Son
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by McGowan, Chris, 1956-; Pessanha, Ricardo
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [247]-251), discography (p. [253}-255) and index
Topic: Popular music
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by Graham, Ronnie, 1952-
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Originally published: Stern's guide to contemporary African music. London : Zwan Publications, 1988
Topics: Popular music, Folk music, African music, reference, Musicians
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Long interview with Palestinean composer and violin and oud virtuoso Simon Shaheen, at his apartment in Brooklyn. This interview focuses on the oud, and was conducted by Banning Eyre in preparation for the Afropop Worldwide program “Journeys with the Oud.”
Topics: Simon Shaheen, oud, Journeys with the Oud, Palestinean music, Arabic music
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0—30:00  Banning Eyre’s first interview with Egyptian vocal star Hakim, in New York, June 20, 2000. Joseph Braude translates from Arabic to English. 30:00—1:00 Banning Eyre’s interview with Mamadi Kouyate, leader of the Mandingo Ambassadors. In Brookyn, June 21, 2000. For Guitar Player Magazine profile. In French. 1:00 – 1:58 Mandingo Ambassadors live at Zebulon in Brooklyn. June 21, 2000.  
Topics: Egypt, Shaabi, Hakim, Mamady Kouyate, Mandingo Ambassadors, Guinea, Banning Eyre
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The first of two parts of Afropop’s longest interview with the King of Algerian rai music. It’s an animated, rambling conversation, mostly in French, going through his whole career up to 2004.   Recorded at the Beverly Hills Hilton with Sean Barlow and Banning Eyre
Topics: Khaled, rai music, Algerian music
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Two New York sessions recorded by Banning Eyre in 1996 0-37:00 In the studio during a mix session with Africando in New York. Studio ambiance. Playback and discussion in French. They’re mixing one song A little conversation in French with Ibrahima Sylla near the end, but no interview 37:00—1:28 Chico Science interview Interview in New York hotel, translated from Portuguese into English in real time. Focuses on second album, Afrociberdelia.
Topics: Africando, Senegal, Ibrahima Sylla, Chico Science, Brazil, Recife, Mangue beat, Afrociberdelia